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UCLA Ties For Family

UCLA Ties For Family

UCLA TIES (Training, Intervention, Education, and Services) for Families is an interdisciplinary program in LA County dedicated to optimizing the growth and development of foster/adoptive children from birth to age 21, and their families through:

  • TIES Preplacement Education and Preparation for prospective resource parents (TIES PREP)

  • Interdisciplinary trauma and resilience-informed, child welfare-competent services to children and their resource families before, during and after placement

  • Advocacy for children and families at the individual, community, and government level

  • Education of professionals regarding culturally-responsive, trauma and resiliency informed, child welfare competent approaches to serving children in the foster care system

  • Collaboration and consultation with other professionals and agencies

  • Applied research to evaluate and improve service

TIES for Families (formerly TIES for Adoption) was founded in 1995 by Susan Edelstein, LCSW, as a model demonstration project to support the successful growth, and development

of foster/adoptive children and their families. The program employs an innovative model of intervention to support successful transition into safe, stable, and nurturing families.

A key feature of the UCLA TIES for Families program is that services can be offered as children transition into new families, a vulnerable period that presents opportunities to promote attachment and prevent problems from escalating. The program works in close collaboration with the public child welfare and mental health systems.

Student Team

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